The Early Morning Farm Staff

Anton Burkett

Owner & General Manager

Anton grew up in West Liberty, OH and graduated with a BA in Biology from Lock Haven University. After working on various farms in Ohio and the Albany area for six years, he started Early Morning Farm in 1999 with a large blue Rototiller and two dedicated friends.

Anton Burkett

Owner & General Manager

Chris Bickford

Farm Manager

Chris joined Early Morning Farm in 2009, after working for several years on an organic vegetable and flower farm in central Pennsylvania. Chris is in charge of crop production on the farm and enjoys interacting with our CSA customers at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market and CNY Regional Market in Syracuse.

Chris Bickford

Farm Manager

Anna Jesionowski

Packing Manager

Anna moved from an office in Manhattan to the fields on our farm! Joining a CSA led Anna to her interest in farming. Anna keeps the crew moving the harvest through the wash station as it is cleaned and packed for our CSA members. She also manages crews in the fields and greenhouses.

Anna Jesionowski

Packing Manager

Nate Funke

Harvest Manager

Nate is from Auburn, NY and worked on several farms before joining the Early Morning crew. Nate leads our crew through the hands on labors of harvesting, planting, and hoeing. Each day he brings a steady positive attitude that is the best encouragement possible for our team.

Nate Funke

Harvest Manager

Josh Ferguson

Crew Leader

Josh works alongside Nate managing the crew in the fields and harvesting tasks. Josh grew up in the Auburn area and has been working on the farm since last fall. He’s quickly learning the ins and outs of organic farming!

Josh Ferguson

Crew Leader

Jeff Turney

Human Resources

Jeff has worked on our farm for 3 years and is now putting his MBA to use in our farm office! Jeff keeps all the paperwork in order, trains new employees, and makes sure we’re up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations.

Jeff Turney

Human Resources

Tracy McEvilly

Marketing & Membership

Tracy joined the team in 2013, managing our membership and recipe blog. Tracy combines her love of local food and artistic background, to write and photograph the recipes for our weekly meal plan, while snapping pics of the crew for our social media accounts!

Tracy McEvilly

Marketing & Membership

Paul Jensen

Crew Leader

Paul has spent several seasons on our farm crew, and is now helping lead the crew through harvesting and planting. Paul is from Binghamton and went to Ithaca College, his commitment to sustainability comes through in his work!

Paul Jensen

Crew Leader

Janice Roof

Assistant Packing Manager

Janice joined our crew in 2014, and is an integral part of  moving our produce through the wash station and into the CSA Share boxes. She works closely with Anna, our packing manager, to get our fresh veggies out into the community.

Janice Roof

Assistant Packing Manager

Penny Pesesky

Crew Leader

Penny joined our crew in 2014 and quickly worked up to helping lead our team through the fields. Penny is from Danby, NY and went to Ithaca College. Penny is a valuable asset to our team!

Penny Pesesky

Crew Leader

Luke Janke

Head Mechanic

Luke keeps all of the farm vehicles running smoothly! In addition to maintaining our fleet, Luke helps out in the field, driving tractors and harvesting whenever he’s needed. Luke is from Moravia and enjoys riding his motorcycle in his spare time.

Luke Janke

Head Mechanic

Our Crew

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Harvesting, hand-weeding, hoeing, planting, digging, washing, packing, loading, sweating, & laughing! Our crew does it all! We are looking for hard working people to join our crew, If you are interested in working at Early Morning Farm check out our Employment page.

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